Rosie Napravnik is first woman to ride a Kentucky Oaks winner | Horse racing
Rosie Napravnik became the first female jockey to win the Kentucky Oaks, guiding Believe You Can to victory by three-quarters of a length over Broadway's Alibi in the $1 million race for 3-year-old fillies.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Rosie Napravnik became the first female jockey to win the Kentucky Oaks, guiding Believe You Can to victory by three-quarters of a length over Broadway's Alibi in the $1 million race for 3-year-old fillies at Churchill Downs.
"I wouldn't say there was pressure because the expectations were nobody had ever done it before," the 24-year-old rider said after her first Grade I victory. "It's great for all the women in the industry, in the world."
Last year, in the 137th running of the Oaks, Napravnik rode St. John's River and finished a neck behind winner Plum Pretty.
"It's unbelievable," Napravnik said after winning. "I can't even tell you what I'm feeling right now.
"This is what it feels like when your dreams come true."
Believe You Can, trained by Larry Jones, ran 1-1/8 miles in 1 minute, 49.50 seconds.
She paid $29.60 to win in the race attended by 112,552; the Oaks was delayed 35 minutes because of a thunderstorm earlier in the day.
"This filly gave us that 'wow' factor," Jones said.
Jones also saddled 2008 Oaks winner Proud Spell.
• Jockey Robby Albarado was indefinitely suspended by track stewards after he was charged with fourth-degree assault for accosting a woman who said she was trying to break up with him.
Albarado was to ride Hard Not to Like in the Oaks; she was sixth with Rafael Bejarano aboard.